Bus Company Tries To Shut Down Online Carpooling Service

from the why,-that's-illegal! dept

Carpooling is exactly the sort of thing that is perfect for a web app -- to match up potential drivers and riders -- but apparently it makes bus companies upset. A Canadian bus company has actually gone so far to try to shut down an online carpool matching service, claiming that it's illegal. The bus company actually had someone go and test out the carpool service, and has now asked the local transportation board in Ottawa to shut down the service. Their argument is that these carpools are unregulated, and the drivers are not licensed and don't have to follow the same regulations that bus and taxi services do. Perhaps that's a reason to re-examine the regulations rather than shutting down the carpooling service, though.

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    Ron (profile), 25 Aug 2008 @ 2:20pm

    Regulations

    I can see the argument here. Carpooling, as a casual activity, is really just people giving rides to other people. The carpool site changes that to be an organized group providing transportation services at a lower rate (maybe the cost of a tank of gas or something). But, it is an organized group that is unregulated. We have other organized groups that are things like buses, and taxis, and jitney's and the like who are all regulated, taxed, licensed, etc. Now, buses and taxis and the like are heavily taxed and regulated; probably for the purpose of extracting money from a captive group. So, the bus company may feel it's only fair that the organized car pool groups have the same oversight. As to the point of whether the regulations, etc. are appropriate ... well, beats me. But, no matter who is providing the transportation service, I would want to be assured that the person driving the vehicle is able to safely operate it and that the vehicle is also in good repair. If that is a lower bar then, I'm cool with that.

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